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Andy Zunz
Lauren Stephenson shot a 5-under 67 to win the AJGA Girls Championship.
Lauren Stephenson shot a 5-under 67 to win the AJGA Girls Championship.

Lauren Stephenson showed fight at the AJGA Girls Championship, where she won by three strokes at The Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C.

Stephenson, the No. 9 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking, is a South Carolina native.

Here are some key numbers from the Aug. 29 - Sept. 1 tournament.

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6: That's how many birdies Lauren Stephenson made en route to firing a 5-under 67 in the final round, coming back to win the tournament by three strokes. Stephenson, a Clemson commit for the class of 2015, shot the low round of the day in the final round ...

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Categories: Andy Zunz, Junior, Girls
August 25, 2014 | 2:12 p.m.

USGA selects World Junior Girls' team

Golfweek Staff
Angel Yin is one of three golfers selected to theU.S. World Junior Girls' Team Championship squad.
Angel Yin is one of three golfers selected to theU.S. World Junior Girls' Team Championship squad.

Megan Khang, Mika Liu and Angel Yin are the USGA's selections for the United States World Junior Girls' Team Championship squad.

The trio will represent the United States Sept. 26 through Oct. 1 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Ontario, Canada.

Khang, 16, from Rockland, Mass., is the No. 5 player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Ranking. Liu, 15, from Beverly Hills, Calif., is No. 28 in the Golfweek ranking. And Yin, 15, from Arcadia, Calif., is No. 4.

The event is a 72-hole stroke play competition that pits three-player teams from 15 different countries. The Republic of Korea ...

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Categories: Andy Zunz, Junior, Girls
Julie Williams
Rose Huang during the Junior PGA Championship.
Rose Huang during the Junior PGA Championship.

AUSTIN, Texas – Rose Huang left her home in Honolulu 34 days ago, and in that time has played competitive golf 18 days on the “mainland,” as she refers to the upper 48. The AJGA’s Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship is her last competitive event before she returns home on Aug. 15. The very next day, however, she flies to Kauai for the Hawaii Mixed Team Championship.

That one, she says, is just for fun.

One could argue that most of what Huang, a petite 17-year-old, does these days is just for fun. She eats a lot of peanut butter ...

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Julie Williams

AUSTIN, Texas – A humble Chandler Phillips pointed to many intangibles when asked about his success through two rounds of the AJGA’s Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship. Phillips insists he always plays well at the University of Texas Golf Club, and always plays well when wearing brightly colored shoelaces.

On Wednesday, Phillips’ were day-glo orange.

Phillips, a 17-year-old from Huntsville, Texas, is the third-ranked boy in the state of Texas, according to Golfweek’s Junior Rankings. He is No. 31 among all juniors. With opening rounds of 67-70 at the par-71 University of Texas track, he is living up to ...

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Julie Williams

AUSTIN, Texas – Standing in the cool brown halls of the University of Texas’ golf center Tuesday, Jordan Spieth barely looked old enough to have left this complex behind. He clutched a 4-iron while reporters – many from local Austin affiliates – grilled him on a Ryder Cup selection less than 48 hours old.

As Spieth noted a little over halfway through the interview, he technically could still be in Austin. Had he not left the Longhorns roster two years early to join the PGA Tour, he would be just finishing his college career. Given the spoils – a John Deere Classic victory, PGA ...

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Julie Williams
Jacob Eklund took the first-round lead at the 2014 Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship.
Jacob Eklund took the first-round lead at the 2014 Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship.

AUSTIN, Texas – Jacob Eklund’s deft touch on the golf course comes, at least in part, from a keen spectator’s eye. When Eklund felt his game going south earlier this month, he drew inspiration from a trip to last week’s PGA Championship.

For Eklund, a freckle-faced 16-year-old with orange curls, watching major-championship golf is old hat. He was in the stands at the 2011 U.S. Open, ’11 PGA Championship, ’13 U.S. Open and this year’s PGA Championship. A native of Carbondale, Ill., Eklund also attends the John Deere Classic every year.

“I was on 18 ...

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Categories: Julie Williams, Junior, Boys, Girls
Julie Williams
Chandler Phillips will play in this week's Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship at the University of Texas (shown here during last month's Junior PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas).
Chandler Phillips will play in this week's Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship at the University of Texas (shown here during last month's Junior PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas).

AUSTIN, Texas – Days after competing in the PGA Championship, where he missed the cut, Jordan Spieth returned to his college town Tuesday to host his first AJGA event, the Under Armour/Jordan Spieth Championship at the University of Texas golf course. Spieth is one of a handful of Tour players hosting such events, but at 21, the closest in age to the field.

Spieth, the 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, is only five years removed from winning the AJGA’s Rolex Player of the Year award in 2009 – the same year he won his first of two U ...

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Brentley Romine
The 2014 selections to the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team (clockwise from top left): Andrea Lee, Bethany Wu, Kristen Gillman, Hannah O'Sullivan, Amy Lee, Sierra Brooks, Brad Dalke, Gordon Neale, Austin Connelly, Cameron Young, Davis Riley and Sam Burns.
The 2014 selections to the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team (clockwise from top left): Andrea Lee, Bethany Wu, Kristen Gillman, Hannah O'Sullivan, Amy Lee, Sierra Brooks, Brad Dalke, Gordon Neale, Austin Connelly, Cameron Young, Davis Riley and Sam Burns.

Two days after we learned of the nine automatic qualifiers for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, we now know the 12 members of the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team.

The PGA of America announced Tuesday the six boys and six girls who will travel to Perthshire, Scotland, to compete in the Sept. 22-23 event at Blairgowrie Golf Club.

Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., and Gordon Neale of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., earned automatic spots after finishing first and second, respectively, at the Junior PGA Championship. Austin Connelly of Irving, Texas, Brad Dalke of Hobart, Okla., Davis Riley of Hattiesburg ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Kristen Gillman receives a hug from her caddie/sister Emily after winning the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday.
Kristen Gillman receives a hug from her caddie/sister Emily after winning the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Kristen Gillman ate pizza and frozen yogurt for six consecutive nights this week. Apparently it’s the dinner of champions, for this 16-year-old Texan at least.

Gillman, a fan of pepperoni, proved a most worthy champion of the 114th U.S. Women’s Amateur. Her iron play on the back nine of the afternoon match was exemplary. Time after time, she put pressure on opponent Brooke Mackenzie Henderson with shots to 3 feet.

“I just keep fighting,” said Gillman, “because I don't want to leave here without the ultimate prize.”

Gillman, her mouth full of ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (left) and Kristen Gillman will meet in the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (left) and Kristen Gillman will meet in the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – The finalists of the U.S. Women’s Amateur are both 16 years old but, in many ways, the similarities end there.

Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas, is enjoying the best summer of her life. She’s hot off a record-setting victory at the Junior PGA and making her debut in this championship. Safe to say no one would’ve predicted that Gillman would be in Sunday’s 36-hole finale.

Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, however, was among the favorites to start the week. While Gillman is ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek junior rankings, Henderson is No ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Kristen Gillman is one of four 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur semifinalists, all of which are 16 years old or younger.
Kristen Gillman is one of four 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur semifinalists, all of which are 16 years old or younger.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. –– The average age of the semifinalists here at the U.S. Women’s Amateur is 15.75. That’s one year less than the average age of semifinalists at the 2014 Girls’ Junior. It’s the youngest collection of semifinalists in championship history.

“It’s fun watching the junior golfers dominate,” said 16-year-old Kristen Gillman, who gets her braces off next month.

Of the four players remaining at Nassau Country Club, 16-year-old Brooke Mackenzie Henderson is by far the most decorated player. She’s Golfweek’s top-ranked amateur and No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Mariah Stackhouse, 20, survived a 20-hole scare courtesy of Thailand’s Chakansim Khamborn Wednesday to advance to the Round of 32 at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur.
Mariah Stackhouse, 20, survived a 20-hole scare courtesy of Thailand’s Chakansim Khamborn Wednesday to advance to the Round of 32 at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur.

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Hard to believe this is Mariah Stackhouse’s debut at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. She comes to Nassau Country Club as an easy favorite, given her tendency to rain down birdies. The steady head on her slight frame also helps.

Stackhouse, 20, survived a 20-hole scare courtesy of Thailand’s Chakansim Khamborn to advance to the Round of 32. She was one of three Stanford players to win their first-round match: Lauren Kim defeated Saki Iida, 4 and 2, while Casey Danielson ousted Seshia-Lei Telles, 6 and 4.

For Stackhouse to make it any ...

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August 5, 2014 | 11:51 a.m.

The field: 2014 Southeast Junior Invitational

Registration is underway for Golfweek’s Southeast Junior Invitational, the newest addition to Golfweek’s junior invitational series. The 2014 tournament, a 36-hole event, will be played Sept. 6 at Willbrook Plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C. Keep track of the field here.

Players with top finishes at Willbrook will receive Performance Based entry status from the AJGA. Please contact Carlton Reese, creeese@golfweek.com, or Julie Williams, jwilliams@golfweek.com, with questions.

BOYS

  • Jamie Agnew, Fairfax, Va.
  • Christian Baliker, Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Tyler Barker, Evans, Ga.
  • Michael Brown, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Zakariya Butt, Summerville, S.C.
  • Brian Chen, Cary, N ...

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Categories: Boys, Girls
Brentley Romine
Kristen Gillman is sprayed with water bottles after winning the 2014 Junior PGA Championship.
Kristen Gillman is sprayed with water bottles after winning the 2014 Junior PGA Championship.

BRYAN, Texas – As she stood over a short par putt to wrap up victory at the Junior PGA Championship, Kristen Gillman saw her junior-golf peers surrounding the green at Miramont Country Club, water bottles in hand.

“I knew it was coming,” said Gillman, who sunk the putt for a closing 5-under 66 and an 11-shot victory, and then braced herself for a celebratory water-bottle shower.

“I still don’t think anything has sunk in,” Gillman said, “and I’m still kind of in shock and in my own world right now.”

Prior to this week, the 16-year-old Austin, Texas, native ...

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Brentley Romine

BRYAN, Texas –– Kristen Gillman will take a six-shot lead into the final round of the Junior PGA Championship Friday at Miramont Country Club while Gordon Neale led the boys competition by two shots before the third round was suspended due to inclement weather Thursday.

Play will resume on the boys side at 8 a.m. Friday with the lead group of Neale, Sam Burns and Brad Dalke on the 12th hole. The final round is set to then start at 11:20 a.m.

The girls' final round will start at 8 a.m. with the final group of Gillman ...

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